October 14th saw the EFL announce a cojoined plan to reinvent the Premier League with Manchester United & Liverpool. This plan would’ve enabled greater strength for those clubs and others like Chelsea. It’s a concept that’s been rejected by numerous teams operating under the Premier League & EFL. Though it would’ve provided dozens of clubs in the English Football League with financial revenue needed after the COVID-19 pandemic, the power given to the top ten clubs would’ve been astronomical. This manipulative strategy was denounced by Parliament & Prime Minister Boris Johnson, showing the ridiculous behaviour associated with developing this plan.
Named Project Big picture, leadership operating in the Premier League also voiced their negative criticism over Liverpool & Manchester United for secretly strategizing this plan with the EFL. Subsequently, the reputations of these clubs have been sullied. Twenty football clubs in the Premier League have denied Project Big Picture, flat-out refusing to enforce any iteration of PBP.
The Football Association governs over the English Football League, which resides over the Premier League. EFL Executives were informed that any alterations to Premier League operations would evoke the “Special Share Clause”, which permits the FA to terminate any modifications since 1992. It’s effectively concluded any opportunity for EFL Chairman Rick Parry to formalize Project Big Picture. Public discord against his actions is expected to result in his formal resignation.
Liverpool FC & Manchester United were forced to engage in a videoconference with the Football Association. These clubs informed the FA that transparent strategies were being created to revise the Premier League. When the Football Association reported Manchester United & Liverpool FC that the “Special Share Clause” would be evoked, Chairman Ricky Parry wouldn’t provide detailed assessments of what’d occurred during the remainder of that videoconference.
Manchester United and Liverpool FC have to acknowledge that the current model in-place for EFL operations has been successful. It appears that both clubs were working to alter the mindsets of EFL & Premier League Executives, hoping for monetary gain. Discussions regarding financial regulation, broadcasting rights, commercial profits, governance, and calendar construction of teams have begun under FA-review. All clubs under Premier League contention will be considered in the final decision.
Matches between FC Dallas and Minnesota United, to Columbus Crew FC and Orlando City, have been postponed following outbreaks of the coronavirus. It’s been reported by Major League Soccer that both employed personnel & players have contracted the virus unexpectedly. It’s been confirmed that Columbus Crew FC is the infected team, prompting a postponement match for Orlando City. Fourteen days of quarantine are required for these infected personnel & players before their return to competition can be permitted.
Minnesota United has experienced two positive cases within their player division, and a single infection across their employed personnel. It means that FC Dallas loses another match throughout the 2020 MLS Season. Major League Soccer hasn’t revealed when these games will resume, with weeks to months possibly sustaining this postponement. Infected with Minnesota United have been boarded in “COVID Zones” at undesignated hotels. These individuals cannot leave their rooms under any circumstances for fourteen days.
The Press Release
Major League Soccer released a formal statement regarding the postponement of these two matches. It was clarified that the guaranteed health & safety of uninfected personnel to players became the priority. MLS stated that additional evaluation & testing would occur on October 12.
New players or personnel found with positive infections will be forced into isolation. It should be noted that both Columbus Crew FC & Minnesota United have disbanded meetings and practices to ensure potentially additional infected, don’t spread the virus further. MLS finalized their formal statement by evoking new match dates & times will be announced later this year.
Additional MLS Infections
Major League Soccer has announced a multitude of COVID-19 infections since September 23. It began with the Colorado Rapids, who had four players test positive for coronavirus & two staff members. Infections throughout the Rapids Camp have continued since the 23rd, showing that outbreaks can occur with professional teams for prolonged periods. The Colorado Rapids have seen matches with the LA Galaxy, LAFC, Portland Timbers, and Kansas City FC all terminated in recent weeks. Coaching personnel must enforce stronger protocols for players & staff to eliminate the coronavirus outbreak.
The Goalkeeper & Captain for Inter Miami won’t be permitted to play out the remainder of 2020s MLS season. It follows after the goalkeeper fractured his left arm on October 4th. Inter Miami was competing against New York City FC when stoppage time was implemented. Luis Robles suffered an evident injury after Gary MacKay-Stevens from NYCFC collided against Inter Miami’s goalkeeper.
The NYCFC footballer was awarded a yellow card for his actions, with Luis Robles being assisted from the field. Club leaders have confirmed that throughout the next forty-eight hours, their goalkeeper will undergo a medical evaluation to determine when Luis Robles can return to competition. It’ll likely be 30+ days, and past the point of Major League Soccer’s championship.
Inter Miami watching Luis Robles suffer a left-arm fracture isn’t beneficial for the club. Robles is aged 36-years-old and doesn’t have much longer in professional soccer before age physically catches his body. It’s also disappointing for Luis Robles, who promised Inter Miami Owner David Beckham that he’d defend his club on the net like nobody else. Luis Robles kept that promise for fifteen games this season. It should be clarified that this goalkeeper is infamous for being durable and will likely return for the 2021 MLS season. Long-time supporters of Luis Robles won’t have to worry about his retirement yet, with that looming in four years.
Coaching personnel with Inter Miami are likely angered over the factor of Luis Robles now being out on medical leave. He’s their most experienced player & team captain, with few able to fill his shoes while healing his left-arm fracture. Several players have been considered for replacement, with all footballers having contracts with inter Miami to date.
Drake Callender will likely take the role of Temporary Team Captain until Luis Robles returns. However, this 22-year-old could have competition from John McCarthy & Blaise Matuidi. Both of these men are also in the running. The favourite for selection is Drake Callender, with the young footballers unaware of when Luis Robles will return. It’ll provide this youthful athlete with an opportunity to understand leadership at the highest level, which isn’t easily given to Gen-X’s.
Professional women’s football has been drastically at risk throughout 2020. Football experts anticipated that financial losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic would force numerous clubs to shutdown. However, the opposite has happened & the Women’s Super League found an unexpected ally. It’d be announced last week that footballers with the Women’s Super League would compete in England’s Premier League, the top division of football worldwide.
It’s a strange twist that comes after WSL organizers had an exhausting season, working to sustain their footballers with financial comps until the pandemic had concluded. It’d appeared initially that the Women’s Super League in Great Britain had been forgotten about. When the Premier League confirmed they’d be a beneficiary towards the WSL, female footballers throughout the United Kingdom rejoiced.
Thanks to the assistance of the Premier League, female footballers with the Women’s Soccer League returned to contention in September. Alex Morgan was an initial selection for Premier League contention, with the WSL footballer being signed to Tottenham Hotspur. She’s the first female player in Tottenham’s history. Alex Morgan made her debut against Arsenal FC with the Tottenham Hotspurs. However, coaching staff kept Alex Morgan benched. It means her first official minutes of contention with Tottenham Hotspur haven’t been played yet. Some have questioned the Hotspurs for using Alex Morgan for promotional marketing, with Morgan appearing on Time UK Magazine this month.
Since Tottenham Hotspur hired Alex Morgan, multiple other clubs in the Premier League have mentioned their desire to sign female players. Manchester City, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, and Manchester United have invested heavily into their female divisions & will likely bring footballers over to their male clubs.
USWL Not So Fortunate
Similar fortunes couldn’t be awarded to the US Women’s League, which has been laid to waste throughout the pandemic. It’s not known if the USWL will immediately return when the epidemic is over, with team owners likely having to recover for the option financially is possible. Financial stability could’ve been awarded to these clubs if Major League Soccer issued their support. However, professional football isn’t as popular in America as England. This means that MLS organizers were working to financially save their league & couldn’t account for the USWL.
Mobile gaming is growing tenfold worldwide, not exclusively the United States & Canada any longer. Multiple operators have released their respective applications, hoping to gain notable market share & create an influential brand. Most fail in this venture because the marketing budget for promotional purposes are minimal. This wasn’t the case for Mobile Premier League, a Bangalore-established platform that focuses on eSports & sports betting. MPL wants to expand their brand outside the borders of India, which prompted the football-eccentric eSports betting site, to enter their 3rd financing round.
SIG Gaming, RTP Global, and MDI Ventures collectively invested into Mobile Premier League. Their investments alongside previous investors with MPL, garnered $90 Million for their Series C financing round. It’s known that Pegasus Tech Ventures, Go-Ventures Base Partners, and Sequoia India provided small figures towards the Series C financing round. Mobile Premier League has throughout their three financing rounds, obtained $400 million.
Sportsbetting platforms often provide an influx of fantasy sport options. Mobile Premier League has an emphasis on fantasy European & Indian football, hosting upwards of seventy tournaments per day for consumers. MPL provides unique gaming opportunities with every handset imaginable. Subsequently, the Mobile Premier League maintains 60 Million users throughout India.
When the expansion period for MPL begins, that userbase could increase tenfold. There are few brands throughout Eurasia that can sustain the quick-paced growth associated to MPL, which begins with extensive marketing on YouTube & social media platforms. This advertising mentality is the core reason MPL became successful.
Fantasy sports have become notably more popular for Mobile Premier League, as this brand offers conventional forms of sportsbetting. The standard way of betting on sports became unavailable for millions during March 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic halting international sports. Fantasy sports is now the most profitable sector for MPL’s daily business operations.
Indian bettors wanting to download Mobile Premier League can find it advertised on Google’s Play Store, and the App Store for iOS. It should be noted that MPL has become one of the top ten fastest-growing applications in India four two consecutive years.
Major League Soccer dedicates themselves towards the development of young athletes, which have the potential to become future superstars in MLS or the Premier League. MLS’s continued dedication was proven with the announcement with “Major League Soccer’s – New Elite Youth Development Platform”. It’s commonly being referred to MLS NEXT & will focus on the North American landscape of youth football.
Executives announced MLS NEXT before the 2021-22 Season, which will start earlier than average to account for possible delays associated to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLS wasn’t the exclusive party behind this announcement, with collaborations occurring with elite youth academies in the United States & Canada. MLS NEXT will encompass 490 Football Clubs across six age groups, working towards a modernized vision of Major League Soccer.
The Technical Director & Vice President of MLS Player Development, Fred Lipka, confirmed the announce of NEXT. It was evoked that Major League Soccer’s commitment towards the youth of North America hasn’t faltered during COVID-19. Fred Lipkah also mentioned MLS’s excitement towards starting the first season of NEXT, which won’t be televised & be divided amongst divisions throughout North America. The Vice President finalized his statements by mentioning there’ll be numerous protocols in place to protect children during the COVID era.
MLS NEXT was initially unveiled to elite footballers aged between thirteen to nineteen on September 7th. Major League Soccer wouldn’t allow the announcement to become public information under September 12th.
MLS Next Explained
The inaugural season for “Major League Soccer’s – New Elite Youth Development Platform” started on September 12th. The announcement of MLS NEXT was made public information 6-minutes before kickoff time, showing how Major League Soccer Executives wanted to keep the information quiet for the safety of potential media-targeted families. Each respective match that’s played throughout the MLS NEXT inaugural season is committing to federal & state guidelines for COVID-19.
Six age groups have been selected by Major League Soccer for the NEXT Platform. Planned matches won’t go outside their predisposed age groups, meaning that Under 19s couldn’t compete against Under 13s. Age groups selected by MLS for the NEXT Platform are listed below.
Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact have frequently made headlines over recent weeks. Discussions regarding what would happen to Canadian MLS teams prompted the Impact name to grow stronger. After seeing a positive increase in fanfare, Montreal Impact Executives have announced a U-23 Team on September 4th. This announcement means the complete overhaul of their academy operations.
Head Coach Jason Di Tulio is helming this reverse football club. He has a longstanding history with the Montreal Impact, making 75 appearances between the 2002-07 MLS Seasons. Competing in professional football grew to challenges & Tulio moved towards football coaching. Throughout his coaching tenure, Jason has coached several academy teams with the Montreal Impacts. Assisting Di Tulio will be Esteban Landazbal. Together these men will work towards honing the skillsets of players to a higher level. However, it also likely means that footballers under the age of 23 won’t be seen in the Montreal Impact.
An official statement was issued by the Montreal Impact Academy Director, Patrick Leduc. He evoked that the U-23 Team has met an objective & goal that’s been desired in their organization for a prolonged period. Patrick emphasized that through a U-23 Team, players under the Montreal Impact banner have a better potential of growing in a professional setting. Director Leduc thanked all employed personnel with the academy for their continued efforts to give young players an excellent opportunity to reach MLS.
Further Changes to Impact Academy
The Montreal Impact Academy announced additional changed to their organization, revealing that Patrice Bernier will take a more prominent coaching role. This comes after Patrice has worked alongside Thierry Henry since January 2020. Assistant Coach Bernier evoked his excitement & pleasure behind obtaining this promotion. He noted it’d allow himself to maintain a professional relationship with the Montreal Impact, while also training U-23 squad members to hone their skillsets better.
Additional Under-Pro Age teams with the Montreal Impact are listed below.
= Under-14. = Under-15. = Under-17.
The inclusion of an Under-23 Team means that the Montreal Impact Academy has reached their maximum, offering all age groupings outside of Major League Soccer.
Dell Loy Hansen announced that he’d be selling Real Salt Lake FC, which follows after the team owner had an influx of reports indicating racist comments throughout recent months. It’s believed that Major League Soccer forced Hansen to leave, not risking a potential fallout of African American players or supporters. Dell Roy will now sell “Utah Soccer Holdings Ltd” to the highest bidder. Whoever purchases Hanse’s company will receive full ownership of the Utah Royals in the National Women’s Soccer League, the Real Monarchs of United Soccer, and Real Salt Lake in MLS.
The MLS Commissioner announced that Dell Roy Hansen is selling “Utah Soccer Holdings Ltd”, leading towards the belief that this multi-millionaire was pushed out for MLS. Don Garber revealed that their investigation into the reports made August 28th about Hansen’s racist remarks found proof of evidence within 24 hours. Employed personnel working under Hansen informed MLS Corporate that Dell Roy made multiple racist remarks, often using racial slurs to describe situations & people.
Standard apologies given when caught breaking corporate obligations were provided by Dell Roy Hansen, seemingly written by a Personal Assistant & not himself. It’s mentioned that there were times when he spoke too quickly and didn’t consider the intentions or feelings his sentiments evoked. Hansen’s official statement expressed his full responsibility towards the reports that his words hold a significant impact on African communities that support Real Salt Lake City FC. Dell Roy Hansen would then apologize for his insensitivity & promise to become a better man.
Hansen’s final position in Major League Soccer will be assisting the new ownership in transitioning into club leaders. Hansen claims he’ll work diligently with whatever investment group, corporation, or multi-millionaire that purchases Real Salt Lake FC. It should be clarified that details on the associated cost of buying “Utah Soccer Holdings Ltd” wasn’t provided by Major League Soccer or Dell Roy Hansen. It’s expected to garner upwards of $20 million or more in a private bidding war.
It should be mentioned that new ownership can rebrand & relocate this team to another city while employing new players and workforce personnel. Dell Roy Hansen hopes this can be avoided but understands it might not be possible.
The United European Football Association must now record Canada into their history books, which comes after Canadian Alphonso Davies became the 1st footballer from his nation to obtain a UEFA Champions League title. Canada’s Alphonso Davies competes for Bayern Munich, with the organization entering the UEFA finals against Paris Saint-Germain. These two opposing teams would compete in Lisbon on August 23rd, with Bayern Munich becoming victorious with a single goal.
Alphonso Davies formally played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, where the then 19-year-old footballer would become known for his prodigy-like skillsets. Davies would garner notable popularity amongst MLS supporters, prompting CONCACAF to contract Alphonso for international contention & acquisition. CONCACAF’s international exposure saw Davies become a global household name for football supporters, prompting Bayern Munich to recruit this footballer since Mid-2019.
It should be clarified that contracted players under the CONCACAF Division typically don’t receive a position in the UEFA Champions League. Four players with CONCACAF have obtained this notable accomplishment, including Dwight York for Manchester United in 1999. Rafael Marquez competed with Barcelona FC in 2006, and Keylor Nava was contracted with Real Madrid in 2016. Alphonso Davies becomes the 4th CONCACAF member to acquire this title.
Alphonso Davies also acquired the title of “9th Youngest Starting Player in the UEFA Champions League”. However, when considering his position at Bayern Munich, Alphonso is the youngest defender to ever compete in the United European Football Association. These notable titles prompted the Canadian Broadcasting Service to interview Alphonso Davies via videoconference, where the former Vancouver Whitecaps defender would express heartfelt gratitude towards Canada.
Thanks to Canada
Davies mentioned that his victory is for all Canadian football supporters, that nobody would’ve imagined his journey in professional sports would lead to playing at Bayern Munich & winning the UEFA Champions League. He’d emphasize the prompt rise of his professional growth, noting that he’d never believe someone if they’d told him about today in 2018. That’s when Alphonso Davies last competed under the MLS banner. He’ll also enter the Major League Soccer history books as the 1st CONCACAF player to compete in a European championship.
The Premier League, La Liga, and Major League Soccer have all experienced an influx of racism towards footballers of African descent. The most recent example of this occurred with Major League Soccer, where their 1st match allowing for supporters was held in the Post-COVID Era. Five thousand fans were seen social distancing in the stands, with Nashville FC & FC Dallas competing against each other in Texas. Supporters began booing footballers from both teams after these players decided to kneel during the American National Anthem. It prompted an onslaught of adverse reactions from both Dallas & Nashville, with the teams being unable to believe that Frisco Residents would act in this manner. It’s the 1st time reactions of this magnitude have unfolded in the Texas town.
Major League Soccer Organizers have begun sorting out the scheduling errors for their 2020 season, with the suspension period enacted between March & July resulting in numerous issues. The 2020 Season has started returning to normal, with new concerns regarding racism began to be revealed. MLS Corporate has allowed teams to stand behind the Black Lives Matter Movement, which has separated America into two camps. However, it’s unknown if MLS Corporate will permit their teams the right to remove racist supporters. Refusing to act on the recent racism shown during Nashville & Dallas’s match would show cowardly intolerance from MLS Corporate.
Nick Cannon from Dallas FC released a formal statement regarding what happened during the recent game. He’d emphasize his disgust in the live audience, and the painful hurt that’s felt whenever their actions towards stopping racism are booed. Nick Cannon noted his love for Dallas FC and those that support his club. However, Cannon evoked that the support being seen recently isn’t welcomed at future matches & that fans should be removed from the stadium immediately upon their ignorant behaviour.
The New Sign of Support
Unsurprisingly, all footballers with Dallas FC & Nashville FC decided to kneel during the National Anthem. It’s become the conventional method of showing support against racism in Summer 2020. Fans from each respective professional sporting league have uttered racist sentiments against this support, which grows tiresome for those wanting equality amongst all nationalities.